Auxillia Mnangagwa, the Zimbabwean first lady, has criticised the decision by the National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) to withhold medicines whilst clinics around the country are said to be out of stock.
After touring NatPharm on Thursday (today), the first lady fumed:
We have had of a leakage medicines, how did that happen? Why are there such leakages? Are you aware that people are suffering out there? Why is it that clinics are complaining that there is no medicine yet you have boxes piled here, what are the donors going to say, why are all these boxes stocked? I went to Mashonaland Central and found some pharmacies empty. The situation on the ground is untenable and I want to understand where medicines are going, it is theft.
NatPharm is alleged to have said that it distributes medicine to clinics as per request. However, a ZBC News article reports that local clinics in Harare showed otherwise. It suggests that some clinics last received medicine from NatPharm in February.
ZBC News reports that some clinics visited were no longer with medicines against high demand from citizens.
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More: ZBC News